It’s the middle of June and summer is just around the corner (really it is, I can see it behind that huge thundercloud). Everyone is thinking about their summer holidays and whether it’s a simple get away to a lake or a destination more exotic, you should drop by for some great summer reads! Nothing beats a sunny day, a cool drink, a deck chair and a great novel (but don’t forget your sunscreen, melanoma isn’t cool people). So come in for advice on what to read while you unwind this summer. And if you’re looking for something to do in PG on a sunny or not so sunny day, nothing is cooler than the things happening in ArtSpace, Books & Co and Café Voltaire!
We’ve so excited that Sheila Peters is going to be in Café Voltaire TONIGHT, Wednesday, June 13 at 7:00 pm to read from her brand new (and very first) novel The Taste of Ashes! This wonderful new novel sees two unlikely worlds collide in a story of redemption and the resilience of the human spirit. David Carpenter (a fantastic, award winning author from Saskatoon, who you can trust because I know him personally and he wouldn’t lie to you) says “Peters presents life at the ragged, angry and passionate edge of things and the result is a deeply felt love story. What an impressive first novel.”
Looking for a concert that will defy expectations? Well, we’ve got just the thing. TOMORROW, Thursday, June 14th at 9:00 (doors open at 8:30) we’ve got renowned Hamilton comedic musician B.A. Johnston and the psychedelic garage rock sounds of Ketamines! If you think there aren’t enough songs about poutine, B.A. Johnston is your man! Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
Are you concerned about Bill C-38? Well, you’re not alone! The Citizens’ Environmental Advocacy Group is facilitating the Our Canada, Our Budget meeting for Prince George in ArtSpace at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 15! The meeting will provide an overview of Bill C-38, followed by invited speakers, and discussion. Results from the meeting will be used by Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen to oppose the bill as it moves through the House and Senate!
We’ve also got our regular Friday Night Mics at 8:00 pm in Café Voltaire on Friday, June 15! This week we’ve got the guitar and fiddle tunes of Tom Young. Tom will have your toes tapping and your fingers snapping with his fantastic sound! As always, this event is free!
Hey Moms and Dads, did you know every Saturday morning at 10:00 am we’ve got a fantastic storytime? And this week is Star Wars Storytime! Come in and browse (or have a coffee and a chat) while our booksters delight and amuse with Star Wars books and crafts!
And we’ve got another great concert on the way! Willy Blizzard will be in ArtSpace on Sunday, June 17 (a great outing for your Dad this Father’s Day) at 8:00 pm. The music from this country folk group is never clichéd and always filled with Canadiana! If you love folk, blue grass and a good old fashioned time, you need to come to this concert! Tickets are only $15 and are on sale NOW!
Monday, June 18 is the latest installment of the Prince George Correspondents’ Club (that letter writing thing we do). Come in and write a letter to whomever you want (seriously, it can be anybody) and we’ll give you a coffee or tea and stamps. We’ll event mail your letters at the end of the night! So, whether you’re a regular writer or want to start writing, come and visit us! We encourage all kinds of correspondence, but I really think it’s time to write to some MPs about what’s happening in Ottawa. Are we really happy with the budget? Who wants an oil pipeline through pristine forest? Really, back to work legislation for everything? Or if you like what’s happening, give them a pat on the back. The PGCC meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month!
The PG Idol Preliminary Rounds are in ArtSpace June 18 to 21! We’ve got the best in Prince George’s undiscovered talent and these are great nights of fantastic music! The list of performers is up on the Dawn Boudreau Music website (http://www.dawnboudreau.com/node/6995), so come out and cheer for your PG Idol! Tickets available at the door!
Every Tuesday starting June 19, members of the Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance will be in Café Voltaire from 7:00 to 8:30 pm help people put together their Joint Review Panel presentations. If you’ve registered to make an oral presentation and want some help polishing your thoughts and keeping to the time limits, they are the people to see!
Tickets for Sweet Serenade – Summer Edition (Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 in ArtSpace) brought to you by Dawn Boudreau Music are now available! This amazing night of musical excellence features Olivia Johnson, Victoria Gabriel & Alyssa Gould with special guests Lorna Jane Simmons, Mackenzie Clarke & Sophia Egan. Tickets are only $10!
Scrabble Addicts Unite! Do you know all of the 2 letter words for Q, X and Z (qi, ax, ex, xi, xu and za)? Are you always playing Scrabble on your phone or Facebook? Do you do a little dance when you get a Bingo? Then we want you! Books & Co is starting a Scrabble Club (because a lot of us here are spending a lot of time playing Scrabble online and we want some human contact). Come out on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 pm and meet other word addicts. Bring your own board (if you’ve got one). Scrabble club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month!
And in honour of Pride Week (which runs from July 4nd to 8th with events all over the city) ArtSpace is excited to be the venue for a Pre-Pride Open Mic/Literary Karaoke! Come out for a fantastic night of readings and music. Things kick off at 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 30 and tickets are by donation at the door.
Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace are CLOSED on Sunday, July 1st for Canada Day so you’ve got a chance to go to the Huble Homestead’s Dominion Day Celebrations! Celebrate Canada the old fashioned way with contests, prizes and cake! Events run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and a family admission is only $10! (We like to give the Huble Homestead a shout out once in a while, their office is just off ArtSpace and they’re great neighbours) Don’t forget the fantastic children’s book Mr. Huble Builds a House (illustrated by another ArtSpace neighbour, June Swanky Parker) is available at Books & Co NOW!
Are you an insane and slightly masochistic individual who occasionally dallies in the written word? Then the 3 Day Novel Support Group wants you! If you’re planning on attempting the 3 Day Novel Contest this year and want to meet other PG writers just as crazy, we’re the place to be. For more information email Kayli at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be meetings throughout the summer up until the big weekend in September!
That’s it for this week folks, for more information about upcoming events or just the cool things that happen here, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter and did you know we’ve got a blog? Well we do, find out our thoughts on all things books related at booksandcompany.wordpress.com